Many drivers of passenger vehicles feel threatened by 18-wheelers and other large trucks on Pennsylvania roads. Considering the size and weight of these vehicles, the feeling of vulnerability is understandable. Media reports regularly describe fatalities and life-changing injuries caused by truck drivers who are exhausted from driving for periods longer than the law allows. In many cases, the vehicles that are involved in truck accidents carry massive loads that require drivers to be alert at all times.
Victims of truck accidents or surviving families who lost loved ones in one may be entitled to pursue a claim for damages incurred. However, with the intricate and complex laws and regulations that impact truck accidents, obtaining the necessary evidence of negligence may be difficult. Edward P. Shaughnessy and his team of semi-truck crash investigators will work together to determine the extent of any liability.
Our investigations will scrutinize the trucker’s driving history and logbook entries, along with his or her criminal record. In addition, black box data may provide information on the vehicle’s rate of speed prior to the accident, braking details and extreme turns that may have been executed. This type of information is not commonly accessible to accident victims and may be vital in building a strong case to present to the court. Our support team includes former police officers, highway engineers and an accident reconstructionist. No stone will be left unturned in obtaining the necessary evidence to properly document your claim.
It is not uncommon for insurance companies to resort to aggressive tactics to convince victims or surviving family members to accept settlements promptly. However, some insurance companies often disregard the interests of the victims. We will negotiate on your behalf with insurance and trucking companies, and if negotiations prove unsuccessful, we will not hesitate to pursue a personal injury or wrongful death claim in a Pennsylvania civil court. More information about how we can help victims of truck accidents, including the surviving families of deceased victims, is available on our truck accident website.